I'm back at work from a short vacation, with a lot to say, and so very little time to say it!
Some news items of late that are itching at me:
First, Obama taking over Chrysler (and everything else.) This whole government taking over private industry is not what the USA does. It is not what the USA has been about, and it is not what has made the USA great. It is, however, what the governments in third-world countries do, and it is a favorite activity among people like Hugo Chavez…and President Barack Obama, apparently.
I realize that many of us are just too busy with life to stop and consider - really consider - what is happening in the USA right now. But the one thing that I think we should do collectively is ask whether or not this is constitutional. Then we should ask ourselves why we're so complacent.
I believe many business owners are scared - of the government. And that is not OK in the United States of America. The whole Chrysler thing might not be directly affecting you or me right now, but at some point, the government is going to get involved in your life or livelihood, and you're not going to like it. There have been countless Chrysler dealerships, many of them family-owned and operated, that have been forced by the government to close their doors. And there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to why. If you're going to start forcing out private businesses, there had better be a good way of deciding just what the criteria is for the decision. It would make the most sense to close those with poor sales or management or no profit. If they can do what they've done so far, why couldn't they take over restaurants, or grocery stores, or Internet service providers. What legitimate argument could you make against them? That it's beyond their constitutional authority? Ha! We left that behind a long time ago.
On to news item No. two, Obama's Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayer. She's a woman, she's a Latina, and she's empathetic. Hence, she's Obama's gal. Except she's not apparently that familiar with the primary role of a Supreme Court justice, which is supposed to interpret the US Constitution as it is written, blindly. Sotomayer's career has been filled with instances of judicial activism, something that no one - left or right - wants on the Supreme Court. And apparently, she's not in agreement with the Second Amendment.
The Second Amendment is a big deal. The right to own and carry a gun is the right that protects all other rights. It's why the NRA has such a huge support base.
Just last year, the Supreme Court handed down in D.C. v. Heller that - now, take a deep breath, here - private American citizens have the right to own and carry guns! Now, if you've recovered from that shock, know that this wasn't a 9-0 vote as it should have been, but a 5-4 vote. Ken Blackwell details Sotomayer's opinions (which should, in all reality, have absolutely nothing to do with her role on the Supreme Court, should she be approved) on this decision, and why gun owners have a new fight on their hands.
News item No. three:
What do Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, George Soros, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet all have in common?
Meeting of World's Richest Names Pro-Abortion Population Control As Main Cause
Some of the richest people in the world met secretly in New York recently and talked about their favorite causes. The group, which includes some of the most well-known business people in the world, adopted population control, which would undoubtedly include abortion, as their main cause.
Oh, goody. Eliminate poverty by…eliminating people. Fantastic idea! Not evil or draconian in the least.
"Hey, let's all meet so we can coordinate our charitable donations."
Awww. That's nice.
"Hey, let's work on eliminating poverty!"
Gee, that's wonderful. How are they going to go about doing that?
"Let's focus on eliminating poor people!"
Wait a minute…